If you or a loved one are struggling with benzodiazepine addiction, you’re not alone. Many factors play into addiction, and being an addict isn’t something to feel ashamed of — but it does require professional help to overcome. Here at Inner Voyage Recovery, we help those addicted to benzodiazepines detox, recover, and set their lives back on the right course with detox programs and outpatient care.
Benzodiazepine is a prescription sedative that slows down messages traveling between the body’s systems and brain. It’s a depressant, much like cannabis or alcohol.
Doctors prescribe benzodiazepines for anxiety, seizure disorders, and insomnia. Common types of benzodiazepines are:
While these drugs are effective at treating symptoms, they become dangerous when patients take them long-term. The longer a patient is on these medications, the bigger risk there is for benzodiazepine abuse and addiction.
Recognizing you have a problem is the first step to recovery.
When you’re prescribed benzodiazepines, it may be difficult to recognize when you’ve crossed the line into addiction. If you use the drug recreationally, you might not realize when you’ve begun to depend on it.
Like any drug, benzodiazepine affects your brain chemistry. The more you take benzodiazepines, the more it affects tolerance development, and the more you need to take to reach that desired high.
Signs that you are struggling with sedative use disorder include:
When you don’t maintain a steady intake of benzodiazepines as an addict, you experience benzodiazepine withdrawal. That’s why our benzodiazepine treatment starts with a safe, monitored detox.
You don’t have to go through this alone — and you shouldn’t. Professionals at Inner Voyage Recovery will administer effective benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
The symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal make it difficult, and even dangerous, to recover alone. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety attacks, depression, hallucinations, body tremors, and nausea.
At Inner Voyage Recovery, our team works to support you through this journey. Every patient has an initial consultation to develop a personalized treatment plan. We use several approaches to benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
Recovery starts with a benzodiazepine detox. During this process, patients go through withdrawal with the support of our mental health staff and medical professionals.
Partial hospitalization is the most intensive of outpatient treatments, requiring the most amount of sessions. This is a good option for those who need more structure but aren’t looking for a residential program.
Intensive outpatient therapy blends elements of our general outpatient program and the partial hospitalization program. When deciding between outpatient and intensive outpatient, consider your needs for structure and support.
There are many avenues available to treat prescription drug abuse. Quality prescription drug rehab centers know that combining several therapy modalities provides people with the best chance of becoming sober. The most common types of therapy include individual, family, and group therapy. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) both help people overcome addiction.
Other options include holistic therapy, trauma-based therapy, adventure-based counseling, and health and wellness. Additionally, medically-assisted care can help ease withdrawal symptoms. Each type of therapy offers ways to help people develop healthy coping skills. Rather than react immediately to the desire to begin using prescription pills again, they can apply lessons learned during therapy to resist triggering emotions and events.